Hello everyone…and a big welcome back, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” I hope you had a nice Christmas…celebrating the birth of a great and mighty King, Jesus Christ! As we begin another new day; my prayer is that we will continue to experience His loving presence, in everything we do and accomplish in this day!
Well…Christmas Day for me was the very best! First off…I had a great afternoon of relaxation with my husband, which I don’t always get to enjoy…and dinner was easy, as I had everything prepped and already to go, from the day before.
As I woke up on Christmas morning…there just seemed to be an overflowing joy within my heart! While sitting on the edge of the bed…I was actually overwhelmed, by a day that would seem so carefree, with more time to be spent with Keith and Jesus!
After getting up and getting around, I did do a little posting on Twitter and then I was out of the office…enjoying some time with my husband, Keith. Before dinner, we sat out in the living room and read the 2nd chapter of Luke and talked for the longest time…and get this…I didn’t have to keep looking at the clock. I just sat there…with feet up on the couch…enjoying my time with Keith and Jesus.
Once we were all talked out…it was time to put the ham in the oven. This year, I did something a little different, which was so good…and that was to put the ham in an oven bag…surrounded by carrot sticks. Then I added some water and seasonings…closed the bag and the whole thing went into the oven for 2 hours. Wow…those carrots were so tender and even had a slight smoky taste from the ham. I told my husband that I will remember this; so I can do it again another time.
After putting the ham in the oven…I almost didn’t know what to do with myself, as I’m not used to having this much time off; so Keith and I just spent some time online together…checking out my Twitter page, which he actually enjoyed and then from there, we picked out a Christmas DVD to watch, which was titled…“The Christmas Box,” with Richard Thomas. To some, this may seem like a boring Christmas…but to Keith and me, it was the best Christmas ever.
After the ham was finished…Keith and I did something different, which was to make up plates of food and eat in the office, while the movie continued. If you would have seen me…you would have seen a lady in a lounge gown, with her hair done and no makeup. As you can see, I was enjoying my day…and you know what…my husband doesn’t care because he accepts me, for who I am…just as God accepts us, for who we are.
I’ll tell you…Keith and I had the best Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as we celebrated the greatest birthday known to man…the birthday of a Messiah…Jesus Christ! Oh…and on Christmas Eve, we watched the movie… “The Nativity,” which we both love…and I made a strawberry crème cake and put a candle on it, while we sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.
Like I said before…we had no packages with ribbons and bows to open; but we had the best Christmas because we were celebrating it with the One…for whose birthday it truly was…Jesus Christ.
You know…we need to ask ourselves this question… “Are we truly devoted to Jesus?” It’s so easy to walk around, with the word “Christian” stamped on our foreheads; but really…what are showing Jesus, through our everyday lives? One thing I know…we cannot experience the fullness of His presence, if we are more deeply connected to the ways of this world. If we long to experience His presence…through our everyday lives; then first, we need to connect to Him, in a way that lets Him connect back with us…as He longs to reach out and be there for us. If the connection is broken, due to the connection we have with the world; then how will we ever experience all He longs to do for us, in this life?
As we begin this brand new day…maybe it’s time to pull the plug out from the world and plug into the One, who can also connect with us, during the struggles and challenges of this life. Through my own life experiences, I have truly come to see that when we are plugged into Jesus; then nothing will ever be able to sever the connection we have with Him…a connection that can truly help and sustain us, through a difficult hour of need.
Well…I have truly enjoyed our visit today…and I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with God! Take care and I will look forward to another visit with you tomorrow…God bless!
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